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Riverdale Restaurants

just went to metate last night. we are rooting very hard for this place, as the restaurant scene in Riverdale is like Park Slope circa 1984. That is, no big whoop. Metate was OK, the food was tasty enough but on the safe side, for a non-discerning audience. Overheard at the next table was a patron asking the waiter, "wow, this guacamole is terrific, what's in it?" I mean, kids, at this stage of the 21st century, when you go to a place and patrons don't know guac, you get a sense of what level the kitchen is on...plus, no liquor license yet and you can't byob either. my feeling: if you're going for mediocre mexican food, you seriously need pitchers of frozen margaritas to at least enjoy your night. as for other restaurant choices, we are also new to the area and discovering the Yonkers waterfront area, which is very close. X2O was terrific and Dolphin was good. Traveling north 10 minutes opens up much better restaurant experiences. or, stick with manhattan for better dining. it's too bad. i mean, sometimes you just want to stay in your nabe and kick back and get some tasty eats, without having to sit with the extras from broadway danny rose or morty seinfeld and uncle leo. oh well, i guess that's what we signed up for when we moved to R-dale....sigh.

Two rays of light: Riverdale Steak House and Madisons, both on Riverdale Ave nr. 259th. Riverdale Steak House reminds me of the interior of Old Town Bar on 18th -- and the staff and owners are very inviting. The food is great: really solid burger platters, simply grilled fish, nice steaks, and nice drinks. Reasonably priced. Both places are not "hot spots" -- it is what it is, nothing cutting edge here, but they are solid choices with a varied selection of menu choices. We do enjoy both, so sorry for the earlier griping.

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Madison's
5686 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10471

Riverdale Steak House
5700 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10471

Jun 05, 2011
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

Liebman's Deli Riverdale, lately?

actually, we moved to riverdale last summer and have been going to liebman's with regularity. it's great! the people are friendly, the food is fresh and the sandwiches and soups are terrific. it's the type of place that used to be in every jewish nabe in the bronx and bklyn in mid-20th century nyc. i usually get matzoh ball soup, a tongue, pastrami or corned beef on rye, fries, and a diet dr. browns. "i have lipitor, and i know how to use it" :) Enjoy!

Feb 23, 2011
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

Banh Mi other than Manhattan

at ba xuyen, what do they mean by "pearl" drinks. I asked the lady there and she showed me a plastic container filled with what looked like cherry compote, but i have no idea what it was. when I asked her if it was cherries, she said "not cherry" but that was all i got. any clues? we had a #3 and a #5 and some spring rolls, all really really good and $8.75 total. not bad for a lunch adventure.

Jul 13, 2010
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

do they slice lox by hand any more in Brooklyn??

blue apron on union, bet. 7th and 8th aves. very nice silky texture and good flava

Aug 18, 2009
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

Dinner in North Slope tomorrow night

avoid melt at all costs. went there once in june, nice dinner. went last saturday -- holy cow, what a change. place was 3/4 empty on saturday night, but still had problems with drink orders, food orders, totally discombobulated service/kitchen. at those prices, there are way too many great choices to have to deal with that.

Aug 18, 2009
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

Repost -- need empanada pastry in Brooklyn

On fifth avenue and 16-17th street, across from the bagel factory, is a hispanic superette. they are in the back, in a cold chest. the cashiers will point you in the right direction. they worked out fine for us.

Nov 07, 2007
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

New to Fifth Ave.: AOC Bistro

just wanted to report: after reading delightful posts, we decided to give AOC a try. I called to ask about reservations and was told that, at 7 p.m., just come on by, "no problem." We did. Place was nearly empty. we were offered a choice of two terrible tables, after being asked "do we have a reservation." I told the apparent person in charge, a lilttle man in a tweed fedora, that i had called and was told reservations were not necessary. I got a long-winded, defensive, bs explanation of their "policy" with the final comment, "it's my restaurant and that's it." I said, "well, good luck with it," and we left. Went to tempo, w/o rez, and had (the usual) great time. basically, who needs this kind of drama with so many restaurant choices in the nabe. beware.

Oct 20, 2007
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

fairway in Red Hook

dude, definitely go during the week. weekends can be intense and the overall experience just takes too damn long (drive there, shop/backtrack/checkout, load up car, drive home). also, i don't appreciate being carded for card purchases over $100 -- a threshold you reach in a heartbeat. on weekends, the deli counter is packed like zabar's pre-new year's, with the added bonus of monster-truck-rally challenges from daydreamers clogging aisles with the supersized shopping wagons. Overall, food A-; logistics C- (on weekends, yeah, I work).

Mar 28, 2007
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

Best Cubano in Brooklyn?

elora's in windsor terrace has a good one, in light of limited local competition.

Mar 28, 2007
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

Best pizza in park slope?

depends on your idea of what makes good pizza. For day-to-day, lunchtime yum, i like antonio's, across from Mooney's on flatbush. robust flavor, good sauce. I'm old school, tho' , and not crazy about fancypants artisinal zuh that leaves you hungry $14 later.

Mar 25, 2007
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

BEST PASTRIES IN BROOKLYN?

Delices de Paris on 9th street, between 5 and 6th (opposite side of street from Barbes) is very good. All kinds of delish cakes, tatins, etc. plus nice selection of other fixin's for a lunch in Prospect Park. try it.

Mar 24, 2007
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs

brooklyn fish camp

Anyone have any comments on brookly fish camp on fifth ave. in the slope? I've been there several times, but not since last summer. went last night, was told a five minute wait for our party of 5 -- 25 minutes later, we're still standing at the bar. Lies and mendacity from the maitre d'ette in studiedly eccentric garb, after being directly asked "how much longer." And, after all that, the food was a big "so what." have they slipped since last summer, or were they done in by 21.12 week?

Mar 24, 2007
martinkleinman in Outer Boroughs